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. Volume XVIII Number 21. . . .February 3, 2012
Based upon Richard Gwyn's biography John A.: The Man Who Made Us: The Life and Times of John A. Macdonald, 1815-1867, this made-for-television drama focuses upon the political turmoil in the Province of Canada between 1856 and 1864 that culminated in a united government with Macdonald as premier of a colony that would seek confederation with other British colonies in North America. The period is characterized by dysfunction as government after government falls when it is unable to sustain a majority. Dissatisfaction with the province's constitution that guaranteed Lower Canada an equal number of seats in the assembly, despite growing population in Upper Canada, flames the cry for "Representation by Population" espoused by George Brown and his fellow liberals. The power struggle between the primarily Francophone members from Lower Canada and the primarily Anglophone members from Upper Canada is also illustrated by the failure of the members to decide upon the location of a permanent home for the seat of government. The assembly would relocate every three years, at no small expense, between temporary headquarters in Toronto and Quebec City. Shrewd political statesmanship resolves the issue when the governor general advises Queen Victoria to name Ottawa, the former lumber town Bytown on the Ottawa River, the new capital of the province.
Val Ken Lem is the liaison librarian for History, English and Caribbean studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON.
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